Here you can find answers to most frequently asked questions

How can I open a Universo Vegano franchise?

To become part of the Universo Vegano franchise, and open one in your city, just contact our Sales Manager by correctly completing the online form (click here). You will need to provide your personal details and the city or area where you would like to open the franchise. If you meet the requisites, you will be timely contacted to schedule an appointment and make arrangements to become a franchisee. Do not miss out on this opportunity. All you need is a small investment to become a “vegan entrepreneur”!

What does a franchise offer include?

As mentioned in the Franchising section, the franchise includes the following:

  • Consultation regarding the search for a location in a strategic position
  • Complete Universo Vegano “nature” style furnishings
  • 3D preview of the store design
  • Supply of professional equipment
  • Supply of products and raw materials
  • Expert advertising
  • Training Course
  • Management software and POS touch screen
  • HACCP Manual
  • Assistance in hygiene and health practices
  • Assistance in bureaucratic procedures for signs and billboards
  • Consultation regarding loans
  • Assistance on the premises
  • Assistance in equipment maintenance
  • Press Office support

Where can I find the products and raw materials?

Universo Vegano also provides affiliates with the raw materials and food products needed to prepare burgers, sandwiches, bagels, flatbread wraps, kebabs, first courses, and everything that is indicated in the menu. Affiliates can also prepare products for sale themselves (after training). All take-away products are supplied with Universo Vegano brand packaging. Excluded from the supply are fresh products and vegetables Due to their limited shelf-life, they should be purchased in loco. Periodically, Universo Vegano will also research and develop new innovative products to distribute to franchisees.

What requisites do I need to become a franchisee?

Anyone who wishes to become a “vegan entrepreneur”, with a small investment, can become part of an exclusive market that is in constant expansion and become our partner! The ideal affiliate is, firstly, a person interested in or who knows the philosophy behind a vegan lifestyle and has the desire to diffuse it with passion and professionalism. The franchisee is a young person, but not too young, with or without a graduate degree, and with an entrepreneurial spirit and professional ambition, preferably with previous experience in sales and/or the restaurant business.

What is Veganism?

Veganism is a philosophy of life based on the rejection of all forms of animal exploitation. In everyday life, veganism translates into the refusal to use or consume, as much as possible or practicable, products deriving from the exploitation and killing of animals. In particular, a great deal of importance is given to choices made in the food industry: a vegan consumes only plant foods and rejects the consumption of all types of meat (including seafood, or fish, and shellfish), milk and dairy products, eggs and honey (and other products deriving from bees). A vegan only wears clothing made from plant fibers and synthetic fibers and does not purchase anything of animal origin (fur, leather, wool, silk, and feathers or down). A vegan uses cosmetics and personal hygiene products, as well as housecleaning products that are not tested on animals, and possibly free of animal ingredients, and generally avoids the purchase of other goods where animal parts are used (such as leather sofas, carpets, fur, ivory objects, etc.). A vegan also refuses to engage in, participate in, and support activities that involve the use of and/or killing of animals, such as animal testing , hunting and fishing, circuses with animals , zoos, and other similar activities. The expression, “ethical veganism”, is also used to distinguish this practice from “veganism” intended as a simple dietary practice that is adopted for reasons other than ethical ones (health benefits, religion, environment).

What does a vegan eat?

A vegan eats everything that comes from the plant world. A vegan diet is, therefore, based on the four major plant groups: grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruit (fresh, dry, and also nuts). Many traditional dishes from the Mediterranean cuisine are usually found on the table of a vegan: pasta with thousands of condiments, soups and risotto with vegetables, peas, beans, chickpeas, lentils, or fava beans accompanied by hardy bread, tasty mushroom dishes, pizza topped with vegetables, and many other authentic dishes from our ancient Italian cuisine. Other products less known to us, which are not essential, but usually used by vegans, instead derive from other cultures: for example, there are grains like kamut, millet, and quinoa, cereals like bulgur wheat, couscous, seitan (that can be used to make meatballs, kebabs, or stews), soy and soy-based products (tofu , tempeh, and textured vegetable protein), seaweed seasonings (shoyu , miso, and tamari), sweeteners like malt, and much more. Soy is also used to make milk, yogurt, ice cream, butter, and cream. Other plant milks include rice, almond, and oat. Delicious cookies and snacks without milk and eggs can easily be found in supermarkets. This certainly gives you the chance to make cakes, puddings, and pastries that are 100 % vegan. If you love a sweet snack break, you’ll always be able to enjoy a good coffee, a chocolate bar, or a steaming hot cup of cocoa, and for those who can’t live without hamburgers, they can enjoy burgers that are entirely vegetable based.

Is a vegan diet balanced ? Is it suitable also during pregnancy, lactation, or adolescence?

Meat, fish, milk, dairy foods, and eggs are not foods that are necessary for the human body. A balanced vegan diet is able to adequately provide all the nutrients that our body requires. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), the largest and most prestigious association of nutritionists in the world, in its official position regarding vegetarian diets (intended as plant-based diets, therefore, also including the vegan diet) states: «It is the position of the [Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics] that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.». The Academy also states: «“…vegan, lacto-vegetarian, and lacto-ovo-vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including during pregnancy and lactation. Appropriately planned vegan, lacto -vegetarian, and lacto-ovo-vegetarian diets satisfy nutrient needs of infants, children, and adolescents and promote normal growth.»

Is it true that, according to scientific studies, vegans and vegetarians are healthier than omnivores?

Epidemiological data obtained from a multitude of scientific studies are clear: vegetarians and vegans are healthier than omnivores. Diets that minimize or entirely eliminate animal-based foods are able to significantly reduce the incidence of numerous diseases, especially degenerative diseases that are the leading causes of death in industrialized countries and the most difficult to treat. Vegans and vegetarians are considerably less affected by cancer, hypertension, atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity, kidney stones, and other diseases. There are no risks of deficiencies with this type of diet if it is followed with a certain knowledge and awareness, but even if we grant the fact that vegan diets are more difficult to balance correctly (for vegetarians, this is practically excluded) and that, therefore, there is greater risk of deficiency of certain nutrients, there would still remain excellent reasons for preferring a vegan diet than an omnivorous one.

For more information, we suggest you consult:

  • (1) McMichael AJ., Vegetarians and longevity: imagining a wider reference population. Epidemiology v.3 (5) p.389-391, 1992.
  • (2) Chang-Claude J. et al, Mortality pattern of German vegetarians after 11 years of follow-up. Epidemiology vol.3 (5) p.395-401, 1992.
  • (3) Thorogood M. et al., Risk of death from cancer and ischaemic heart disease in meat and non-meat eaters. British Medical Journal v.308 p.1667-1670, 1994.
  • (4) Kahn H.A. et al., Association between reported diet and all-cause mortality: 21 year follow-up on 27,350 adult Seventh-Day Adventists. American Journal of Epidemiology vol.119 (5) p.775-787, 1984.

Why also exclude eggs, dairy, or fish from your diet? Aren’t these good for you?

The potentially useful nutrients that fish provides are essentially protein and iron, both contained in adequate amounts also in a vegetarian and vegan diet. It is, therefore, not necessary to introduce any others because excess protein and iron are correlated with an increase in tumors and cardiovascular diseases. We should not forget that fish also contains other saturated fats (instead, very low in plant foods) and cholesterol (instead, totally absent in plant products), substances that surely increase the incidence of cardiovascular diseases. It is also widely demonstrated that vegetarians, and especially vegans, have a low incidence of diseases that EPA and DHA (contained in fish) should prevent, so much so that the use of vegetable oils high in Omega-3 is effective in increasing concentrations of EPA and DHA in the blood of vegetarians.

Milk is considered by many to be “complete”, or even essential, although this is an affirmation that has no absolute scientific basis. Milk lacks many nutrients that are essential to the human body (ex. vitamin C or iron) and contains substances that are not recommended in a correct diet. Far from being indispensable, milk does, however, contain some nutrients that are certainly useful, such as calcium, vitamin D, and B12 (also present in a vegan diet or that can be easily integrated with supplements or fortified foods). Many do not realize, however, that milk also contains lipids, lactose, cholesterol, and animal protein, which could have harmful effects on our health. Furthermore, scientific data have never confirmed that dairy products are a means of preventing osteoporosis.

Even with eggs, we have to repeat, in part, what was said for milk. Eggs contain some useful nutrients, but they are not overall recommended for human consumption. The only nutrient useful in a vegan diet, which is contained in considerable amounts in eggs, is essentially vitamin B12. Eggs may also contain vitamin D, Omega-3 fatty acids (if the chickens are given specific feed), zinc, and iron, but these micronutrients are not usually present in significant quantities, especially if we consider these quantities in relation to the content of fat, cholesterol, calories, and animal protein in eggs. Eggs also contain cholesterol and saturated fat in high quantities, which may contribute to the onset of cardiovascular diseases, and they also contain animal proteins that increase the loss of calcium, favoring osteoporosis in the absence of a high intake of this mineral. It is, therefore, clear that the consumption of eggs cannot be recommended solely on the basis of its vitamin B12 content. Finally, eggs, especially if raw and, in particular, during the summer, are among the main vehicles of salmonella, while plant products are generally much safer from a microbiological viewpoint.

lucio Lucio Palumbo CEO - Universo Vegano

Lucio Palumbo is the creator of the project. With years of experience in the restaurant industry, he is passionate about vegan food, and has created innovative fast food, which is still inexistent, and which has immediately become the reference poi